Tuesday, May 18, 2010
2009 Topps Update Jason Marquis
Who is this? Washington Nationals pitcher Jason Marquis
What is this? An autographed card from the 2009 Topps Update and Highlights set
Where'd I get it? I wrote to Marquis and asked him to sign it last month. I got it back a few weeks later.
How much did it cost? About $1 for the card and postage
Why is this so special? Jason Marquis signed a two-year, $15 contract with the Washington Nationals this off-season. I had wanted the Mets to sign the New York native to add some stability to their starting rotation, but they never showed any interest in doing so.
The Mets probably made the right call -- Marquis had surgery last week to remove bone chips from his elbow, and he won't be back until sometime after the All-Star break.
Marquis was an All-Star last season for the Colorado Rockies. He's played for five teams in an 11-year major league career that began with the Atlanta Braves in 2000. He has a 94-86 career record with a 4.57 ERA.
Marquis has an interesting signature, but I can only make out the "J" in his first name.